Carpenter ants, which are large and black, are very common pests in our area!. Dr. Daniel Suiter and Dr. Brian Forschler, who are both with the University of Georgia Department of Entomology, developed an excellent leaflet on carpenter ants. This article contains advice from those entomologists.
The Optimist Club in Forsyth County invited me over this week to be their speaker. I knew it was a group of optimists, because of the sign and the fact that they meet at 7 in the morning. You have to be an optimist to be willing to listen to someone speak that early in the morning.
The great P.T. Barnum is often credited with saying "There's a sucker born every minute." Yes, there is a world full of gullible people.
It's one of Dr. Eugene Odum's (the late UGA environmental guru) laws of ecology: Everything is connected to everything else. It's also the basis of a healthy lifestyle. There is probably nothing in this column that you don't already know, but perhaps repetition will reinforce these truths enough to cause you to say, "Yes, of course," as I did - and act upon them.
People enjoy gardening for different reasons.
Now is an excellent time to soil test your lawn, garden or pasture.
During the summer, many gardeners begin to think about saving seed from some of their garden vegetables for planting next year.
In 1983, my mother fell off a ladder and broke her hip. In time, it healed and because of the break she was sensitive to changes in the weather.
Last week I attended a Family Connection open "networking meeting" for the first time in several years.
Cathy Cox wanted to be governor, but ended up as president.
If you have not gone by this year's Dawson County Produce Market, you are missing a great opportunity to buy excellent locally grown produce.
The former "Bubba" McDonald has been a friend of mine for many years. He hasn't asked me for any political advice, but I'm going to offer some today.
It isn't August yet and several people have said to me, "Hasn't the summer gone quickly?" Yes, it has. The fact that school starts in early August makes us feel that autumn is upon us.
I'm not quite ready to change jobs, but I had a glimpse this week of a potential career that I might have pursued.
My scales broke.
I am starting to think Julia Sugarbaker was right. This is the South, and we don't ask if you've got crazy folks in your family, we ask which side are they on.
A few weeks ago I wrote about preparing for crabgrass control by using pre-emergent herbicides. Many of these herbicides, as well as many fertilizers and fescue seed, can be applied to your lawn using spreaders. These devices are fairly simple and are powered by the forward push of the operator.
Last week was not a great time to be a tree.
If you had asked me six months ago if I was going to get another dog anytime soon, I would have said no.
One thing Mama always told me was to never make fun of the way a person looked. She said that was just terrible for someone to make fun of someone based on something they had no control or say so in whatsoever.
With all of the recent winter weather, a summer lawn may be the last thing on your mind. However, now is the time to start thinking about controlling summer annual weeds, such as crabgrass.
"Mama, did you have time outs when you were a child?" Cole asked one day.
Broccoli is a vegetable that many home gardeners can produce successfully in Georgia.
Wild garlic and wild onion are two of the most frustrating cool-season weeds homeowners have to deal with here in Georgia. Both of these weeds are closely related and difficult to tell apart.
Mama's theory of the pedigree of my parking lot puppy had changed a few months ago. Her latest theory, which she expressed daily, was that Angel Doodle was a pit mix.
Are you planning to renovate an existing lawn or plant a new lawn using sod this spring? If so, now is the time to start your preparations. It may be hard to find motivation to think about your landscape during cold weather, but January is the ideal time to plan for laying new turfgrass.
Cole was mad at his father.
January is National Radon Awareness month. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke. It is responsible for a reported 21,000 deaths per year in the United States. Radon is a radioactive gas that forms when naturally-occurring uranium in granite bedrock decays into radium. This radium then decays to radon, a colorless, odorless gas. Radon is not harmful outside, but it can build up to damaging levels inside a house.
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